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The A to Z of OT: Y is For… Yoga Therapy

After experiencing physical trauma, there is a severe body and mind separation that impacts the abilities of the nervous system and alters the pattern of the body, breath, and mind structure. This is where the practice of yoga and mindfulness meditation can assist the recovery.  Learn more about Occupational Therapy and the use of Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation in our post, Yoga for the Healing Brain.

 

October is Occupational Therapy Month and to celebrate we will be sharing a new series called the A to Z of OT.  In our attempts to further educate the public about what Occupational Therapists do we will be highlighting twenty-six of the awesome ways OTs provide Solutions for Living.  

We encourage you to follow along and to add to the discussion by highlighting other awesome things OTs help with for each corresponding letter!

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The A to Z of OT: X is For… AtaXia

Ataxia is characterized by a loss of muscle control and coordination, and can affect the whole body or only specific parts.  Ataxia has a pronounced impact on how people go about the activities in their day. Without adequate muscle control and coordination, tasks like getting dressed, walking, and preparing a meal become more challenging.  Learn more about Ataxia and how Occupational Therapists help individuals with Ataxia find functional solutions in our post, Game… Set… Cerebellum.

 

October is Occupational Therapy Month and to celebrate we will be sharing a new series called the A to Z of OT.  In our attempts to further educate the public about what Occupational Therapists do we will be highlighting twenty-six of the awesome ways OTs provide Solutions for Living.  

We encourage you to follow along and to add to the discussion by highlighting other awesome things OTs help with for each corresponding letter!

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The A to Z of OT: V is For… Visual Impairment

As an occupational therapist, I have worked with people who have low vision and can say that no two people will experience this the same.  First of all, vision loss and legal blindness do not mean total blindness, so the first step is always trying to understand what people can see and the ways their vision continues to work (or not) for them.   This, of course, involves multiple professionals, but as occupational therapy is about “function” we need to look at how their vision works and doesn’t work, in the environments in which they live and access.  Learn about the strategies Occupational Therapists use to help those with visual impairment achieve optimal function in their daily lives in our post, OT Can Help with Visual Impairment.

 

October is Occupational Therapy Month and to celebrate we will be sharing a new series called the A to Z of OT.  In our attempts to further educate the public about what Occupational Therapists do we will be highlighting twenty-six of the awesome ways OTs provide Solutions for Living.  

We encourage you to follow along and to add to the discussion by highlighting other awesome things OTs help with for each corresponding letter!

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The A to Z of OT: U is For… Universal Design

Universal design is defined as, “the design of buildings, products or environments to make them accessible to all people, regardless of age, disability or other factors.”  One major factor in achieving universal design is to create buildings and environments that are “barrier-free” and physically accessible for all.  Occupational Therapists work with businesses and individuals to help design spaces, both public and private, that allow access for the greatest majority of people.  Learn more in our post, A Practical Guide to Barrier Free Design.

 

October is Occupational Therapy Month and to celebrate we will be sharing a new series called the A to Z of OT.  In our attempts to further educate the public about what Occupational Therapists do we will be highlighting twenty-six of the awesome ways OTs provide Solutions for Living.  

We encourage you to follow along and to add to the discussion by highlighting other awesome things OTs help with for each corresponding letter!

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The A to Z of OT: T is For… Accessible Travel

While travel is a fun and rewarding leisure activity, it can also be extremely stressful.  Traveling with a disability can be even more difficult, but with thorough planning, it can be a wonderful experience.  Learn more about how an Occupational Therapist can help you say Bon Voyage in our post Travelling with a Disability, by viewing our OT-V video below or by downloading our Accessible Travel Guide.

October is Occupational Therapy Month and to celebrate we will be sharing a new series called the A to Z of OT.  In our attempts to further educate the public about what Occupational Therapists do we will be highlighting twenty-six of the awesome ways OTs provide Solutions for Living.  

We encourage you to follow along and to add to the discussion by highlighting other awesome things OTs help with for each corresponding letter!

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The A to Z of OT: S is For… Stress Management

In 2013, Statistics Canada reported that 6.6 million Canadians (ages 15 and older) reported that most days were ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressful’.  Stress can negatively affect many aspects of your physical and emotional health and can have long-term repercussions.  Occupational Therapists can help people manage their stress with a variety of strategies.  Learn more about Occupational Therapy and stress reduction in our post, How Stress is Affecting Your Health.

 

October is Occupational Therapy Month and to celebrate we will be sharing a new series called the A to Z of OT.  In our attempts to further educate the public about what Occupational Therapists do we will be highlighting twenty-six of the awesome ways OTs provide Solutions for Living.  

We encourage you to follow along and to add to the discussion by highlighting other awesome things OTs help with for each corresponding letter!

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The A to Z of OT: R is For… Return to Work

The process of returning an injured worker to their previous job or a modified position needs to be handled properly to reduce re-absenteeism and employer risk.  Getting the employee back to their previous job duties and regular hours is the goal, which is tackled carefully to reduce re-injury. Much like getting an injured athlete back in the game, return to work coordination involves an individual approach and is a thorough process to ensure the future success of the employee and company.

Learn how Occupational Therapists work with an injured worker and their place of employment in our post, Returning to Work After Illness or Injury:  OT Can Help!

 

October is Occupational Therapy Month and to celebrate we will be sharing a new series called the A to Z of OT.  In our attempts to further educate the public about what Occupational Therapists do we will be highlighting twenty-six of the awesome ways OTs provide Solutions for Living.  

We encourage you to follow along and to add to the discussion by highlighting other awesome things OTs help with for each corresponding letter!

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The A to Z of OT: Q is For… Quality of Life

One of my favourite quotes about Occupational Therapy is, Medicine adds days to life… OT adds life to days.”  Occupational Therapists provide solutions for living and therefore, help individuals achieve optimal function and maximum quality of life based on each person’s unique situation.

Take a look at our Occupation Is series, where we explore the journey of “occupation” complete from morning to night, highlighting how OT’s help to improve quality of life when things break down along the continuum that is living.